Presenter Information

Alicia N. GambleFollow

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-5-2022 11:00 AM

End Date

4-5-2022 1:00 PM

Subjects

houseless, water security, COVID-19, environmental justice

Advisor

Melissa Haeffner

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Water security is of the utmost importance for the houseless population. However, little is known about how the houseless population has been resilient to water barriers related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study is to understand houseless individuals' perceptions of public versus grassroots water sources, and the barriers and impacts of these sources. In order to understand these perceptions, individuals experiencing houselessness (e.g. living in tents, vehicles, emergency shelters, couch-surfing, or no roof) that utilize water sources in Portland, Oregon will be interviewed while walking in public areas to gain rich qualitative data, along with GPS data and photos. This data will be analyzed by coding for emerging themes that can help houseless advocacy organizations and officials make informed decisions about increasing water security for houseless communities.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37514

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May 4th, 11:00 AM May 4th, 1:00 PM

Houseless Water Insecurity During COVID-19 Pandemic

Water security is of the utmost importance for the houseless population. However, little is known about how the houseless population has been resilient to water barriers related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study is to understand houseless individuals' perceptions of public versus grassroots water sources, and the barriers and impacts of these sources. In order to understand these perceptions, individuals experiencing houselessness (e.g. living in tents, vehicles, emergency shelters, couch-surfing, or no roof) that utilize water sources in Portland, Oregon will be interviewed while walking in public areas to gain rich qualitative data, along with GPS data and photos. This data will be analyzed by coding for emerging themes that can help houseless advocacy organizations and officials make informed decisions about increasing water security for houseless communities.